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- v. Present participle of lessen.
- n. A growing lesser; reduction or decrease.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. becoming less in dimension or degree.
- n. a change downward; a decrease; a reduction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of making or becoming less. Specifically
- n. In falconry, a soaring flight.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a change downward
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One major reason for satisfaction is that American medicine has been astoundingly successful in lessening mortality from the two most feared killers, cancer and heart disease.
The amendment arose from a long-standing interest in lessening human exposure to mercury, a known neurotoxin and nephrotoxin.
This has been an exercise in lessening BP's liability from day one.
Most life expectancy for the buck seems to be in lessening the need for health care rather than increasing the supply of it.
But apart from all of that, doing significant research is intrinsically hard and changing departmental, institutional or national policies will not succeed in lessening its intrinsic difficulty.
_Diminutive_, a word lessening the meaning of the original.
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Or to state the matter more directly: is there any reason to believe that such a housing scheme as I have outlined would succeed in lessening the huge amounts of public money now being poured out in relief-and poured out without any return other than the satisfaction of knowing that citizens are not being permitted to starve?
Obviously that will have other benefits, in lessening the burden of relief, in creating new tax payers, and in strengthening or restoring morale.
Some call the lessening demand a crisis, as it results in a reduction of jobs within the major media organizations who have become large employers, as well as the loss of an iconic and nostalgic door delivery service.
We’ve come a long way in lessening the stigma of mental illness but it is still there and hanging on strong for serious conditions. ‘the recognition that there is no one but yourself who can take on the work of rescue’ is so true.